Court defers order on framing of charges against Ramadoss

New Delhi, Nov 2 (IANS) A court here on Monday deferred its order on framing of corruption charges in two separate cases against former union health minister Anbumani Ramadoss and various others.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special judge Ajay Kumar Jain on October 7 had found prima facie evidence against Ramadoss and others in two cases, relating to alleged favours being shown by Ramadoss, health minister in the United Progressive Alliance-I government, and other accused to the private Rohilkhand Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly city and the Index Medical College Hospital and Research Centre (IMCHRC) in Indore.

The court, which was scheduled to formally frame charges against the accused on Monday, deferred it for December 10 after defence counsel of accused apprised it that they have filed a plea challenging its order on charge in Apex court, which is listed for November 6.

The accused sought adjournment citing its hearing pending in the Supreme Court.

According to the charge sheet, Ramadoss abused his official position to grant permission to the Indore-based institution to admit students although it lacked adequate facilities.

The Medical Council of India (MCI) and a panel appointed by the Supreme Court had said that IMCHRC was not having sufficient faculty and clinical material required as per MCI norms, it said.

The CBI has chargesheeted Ramadoss, the health and family welfare ministry’s former deputy secretary, K.V.S. Rao, section officer Sudershan Kumar, consultant professor J.S. Dhupia, and Safdarjung Hospital’s head of department (pathology), Dipendra Kumar Gupta, IMCHRC officials Nitin Gothwal, S.S. Bhadoria and Pawan Bhambhani and doctors K.K. Saxena and S.K. Tongia.

However, the court has discharged Dhupia, Gupta, Kumar, Saxena and Tongia in the case.

In another case pertaining to RMCH, the CBI had chargesheeted Ramadoss and others for allegedly showing favours to it in grant of renewal for admissions in the MBBS course in 2008-2009.

The case was transferred by the Supreme Court from a court in Lucknow to Delhi last year after PMK leader S. Ramadoss had sought shifting of the trial.

The court ordered to frame charges against Ramadoss, Rao and Rohilkhand education trust’s chairman K.K. Aggarwal under various provisions of corruption act and cheating and forgery of IPC.

However, it discharged VM Medical college’s doctor Vindu Amitabh and Sanjiv Kumar Rasania in the case.

All the accused in both cases are presently out on bail.

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